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Let me say I'm pleased as punch with the casting of Peter Capaldi. I first saw him in Local Hero back in the '80s and have greatly enjoyed everything I've seen him in ever since. If you're not familiar with his work, let me recommend two items currently on Netflix: "Death in Chorus" from Midsomer Murders where he plays a very tightly wound choir director hoping to win a competition -- and a possible murderer. it's a wonderfully intense and slightly creepy performance.

The second is The Devil's Mistress, broadcast in the UK as The Devil's Whore. Here he plays a Charles I who is neither just a fool nor martyr, but a nicely nuanced character where you can see how some folks might follow him, but he's heading down the path to destruction. For that one, you have the added bonus of scruffy!John Simm. The series itself has some severe flaws (it was apparently originally six parts cut down to four by ITV when they had no money), but the performances are worth checking out.

Of course, what most people are name-checking about Capaldi is the foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker from In the Thick of it, which is certainly one of his most recognizable roles. I have seen jokes that if he'd been Harriet Jones' spin doctor, Ten wouldn't have had quite such an easy time with his six little words.

And that leads me to desperately want a fic featuring Malcolm Tucker and Harold Saxon (pre-reveal) facing off with one another. And which side was Malcom on when Saxon was elected?

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Aug. 5th, 2013 09:13 pm (UTC)
Capaldi was also awesome in the second (and last ::sob::) series of The Hour.

As for an icon, take this one by all means.
Aug. 6th, 2013 02:34 am (UTC)
Oooh, thanky! (I can use it tomorrow when I do my first who_daily after the move.)

He was marvelous in The Hour. If they'd gone to a third season (such lost opportunities), I would have loved to have seen what they would do with his character. (And I'm looking forward to him as Richelieu in the new Three Musketeers.)
Aug. 5th, 2013 09:14 pm (UTC)
I'd COMPLETELY forgotten he was in The Devil's Whore. But then John Simm rather swept me away... Mmm, Sexby.
Aug. 5th, 2013 09:46 pm (UTC)
I have never heard of Peter Capaldi. I will have to check out your Netflix recommendations.
Aug. 5th, 2013 10:10 pm (UTC)
Capaldi's wonderful. I also second the rec of Series 2 of The Hour -- he and Anna Chancellor are REMARKABLE.
Aug. 5th, 2013 10:18 pm (UTC)
The second is The Devil's Mistress, broadcast in the UK as The Devil's Whore.

Which is currently running on the Ovation Channel if anyone gets that.
Aug. 6th, 2013 01:30 am (UTC)
I am so thrilled about Capaldi being cast, I just watched The Torchwood Series Children of Earth and really like his acting style in it.

I think he has much to bring to the role.


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